Scrapbooking Team Sports
by Gwyn Calvetti (Jun 21, 2005)
Point guard. Red card. Spiker. Sweeper. Pickle. If reading any of these terms makes you think immediately of a ball field, hockey rink or indoor court, it’s a safe bet you are a fan of team sports. Maybe someone in your family is goalie for your soccer or hockey team. Maybe you get out every Thursday night for sand-court volleyball yourself. If so, it’s also a safe bet you have photos and memorabilia from your team involvement. Read on for some fresh ideas for photos and scrapping projects to remember your team.
Lighting is the second sports photography challenge you’ll probably face. If your sport occurs outside in daylight, you’ll have the best luck at capturing well-lit shots. Other sports fans aren’t so lucky. Here are some ideas to consider.
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Don’t forget the fans, or the quiet moments in the sport. Sometimes, trying to capture action will be impossible, but you can still capture an essence of the sport. One of my favorite photos was taken as several of the boys on my son’s 7th grade football team were walking back to the locker room. Their helmets were off, and their backs were to me, but they were clearly engaged in a discussion of the game just played.
Saving the Glory Days
Consider smaller albums or even less typical designs, such as accordion foldouts that can be displayed on a shelf in your athlete’s bedroom or dorm room. Older boys tend to be less interested in a photo album, but a cool-looking piece of “art” is something they can display along with trophies and medals.
Most often, you’ll design your layouts and albums in a more or less chronological fashion; 7th grade football, 7th grade basketball, 8th grade football and so forth.
Consider taking another approach that may help you look more deeply at what is gained from playing a team sport besides speed and muscle. Look at the sport from the standpoint of lessons learned, and create layouts to illustrate these lessons. This is a great way to gather up random shots that are from a number of events. A layout could be designed around the theme of “hard work goes into a winning team,” or “mentor-coach.”Be creative and ask your child what is important to him or her about the sport to help guide you.
Design for a Great Team
Take a look at the wide range of sports-themed papers and products available as well. Many of the major paper companies have developed whole product lines around most major sports. Some have a modern feel, others are funky retro. Many have accompanying embellishments to further enhance your design, such as football-shaped charms or stickers and overlays.
Don’t be afraid to use some of these products for your basic scheme, and then add items from your own stash to give your design a unique look. The title page for my soccerhead’s album combines Karen Foster soccer paper with a kente cloth design from Grassroots. Using an international pattern underscores something I’ve discovered in my world travels—soccer is a bridge across cultures.
One approach that is especially fun is to create a layout with the look of a newspaper or magazine feature. Digital designers can search their photo editing software to find pre-made templates with a magazine cover look or design one of their own. Younger kids in particular enjoy seeing themselves in that context.
Enjoy the game!